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Cabinet approves scrapping of No-Detention policy in RTE Act

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New Delhi, Aug 3, 2017: The Union Cabinet has approved the scrapping of the “no-detention” policy in schools, by which schools can hold back students in any class till the completion of elementary education covering Classes I to VIII or even expel them.

The students would however get a second chance to take another exam to pass. This would come into force once the bill is passed by Parliament.

An enabling provision will be made in the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education amendment bill which will allow states to detain students in class V and class VIII if they fail in the year-end exam.

Under the Right to Education Act, 2009, no student must be held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education from Classes I to VIII.

The Cabinet, which deferred its decision to set up 20 world-class institutions in the country, approved the project as well.

Wefornews Bureau

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